Ten pedigree cats have been stolen from the RSPCA's Perth shelter during a brazen break-in overnight.
The cats were in RSPCA's quarantine area, under the animal welfare group's care as part of an investigation.
The cat thieves had cut open the perimeter and internal fences at the Malaga property then cut the chain on the entrance to the quarantine area, forcibly removing the security door.
The deadbolt door into the quarantine area had also been kicked in, the RSPCA said in a statement.
All of the cages in the quarantine area were opened, allowing cats to escape.
All but 10 of the cats were recovered early this morning.
“This is clearly a deliberate act and police are currently investigating,” RSPCA WA chief executive David van Ooran said.
“The RSPCA will look at pressing charges in conjunction with police if the culprits are caught.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA on 9209 9300 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.